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Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Greg

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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless: Lose The Noise… And The Wires

Big bass, high-definition wireless, active noise cancelation, plenty of battery life, durability, portability, and comfort. We ask for a lot from our headphones, but to be fair, they are certainly one of the most-used gadgets in our lives. There are few other electronic things that remain attached and connected to our bodies while in use, meaning they have an intimate relationship with us that can be quite personal. Plus, they are an sensory tool, rendering experiences necessarily subjective, and even subject to demands of style.

In other words, it’s a tough- and crowded- market out there. But Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless aim to be among the very best, and succeed. Their price tag alone will certainly render them inaccessible to some would-be fans. But there is always a cost associated with luxury and with quality, and the latest from this German audiophile company reaches for the sky and bears the premium that goes along with it. If you can afford them, there are few other competitors that can measure up.

The original on-ear models might not have been wireless, but they still are some of our favorites. These are closed back, over-ears, bigger and heavier but also foldable and fairly easy to travel with. Sennheiser even included a fancy zip-up hard-sided carrying case as well as a soft bag. The new versions offer Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X support, as well as NFC connectivity for tap-to-pair. Best of all, they’ve built in four separate microphones, which serve for phone calls but also to help handle noise cancelation in the system they call NoiseGard. Especially with regular noises, like airplane and engine sounds, it basically cuts them out completely. We did notice a bit of a hiss though when no music was playing or the volume was turned down.

Battery life on the Momentum Wireless headphones is rated at 22 hours, which is impressive, though it will depend on a few factors (primarily how loud you turn up your tunes). Materials like stainless steel and real leather look and feel great, and individually adjustable ball joints on each earcup made for a great fit. Controls on the ears are decent, and You can use the included removable cable if you want to save on battery life- and even the cable is classy, both low-profile and with some subtle accent details. Speaking of details, the audio signature offers plenty of pop and punch, and more bass than we’re used to in Sennheiser models. Vocals and highs are crisp and bright, less neutral and a bit boosted. It’s a fun, lively mix.

Available now, in ivory or black, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones run $500 online and in stores- pricey but worth it for some of the best Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones that we’ve seen.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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